The thing that baffles me here is that this is an organized, criminal conspiracy from the bottom to the top of the organization.
As an example, in Los Angeles, the diocese leadership denied that anything had happened, suppressed witness testimony through threats of legal action or deportation, refused to cooperate with authorities, removed rapists from the jurisdiction and out of the reach of extradition – all the while providing the rapists with a constant flow of fresh victims, providing them housing, room, board, income and facilities through which they could continue raping new victims.
There is no functional difference in the criminality – in fact, the Catholic church seems to have engaged in heightened criminality.
Why, then, are prosecuting authorities not seeking RICO style punishments? Asset forfeitures of the facilities used to facilitate the ongoing crimes, criminal punishments of leadership who directed that concealment and witness tampering be committed, suspension or revocation of tax-exempt status?
We, the taxpayers are PAYING for the Catholic Church’s privileged raping of children.
We allow them to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in lobbying and advertising effort to prevent birth control, family planning, gay rights – and to promote charter schools and tax money to religious schools.
The money that they raise – entirely free of tax and the properties that they inhabit – again, entirely free of tax – are used to manipulate and distort our society, to engage in the knowing facilitation of criminal rape of children, and to engage in suppressing any investigation. Beyond the direct financial costs and opportunity costs, they are ongoingly creating a layer of society members who are deeply wounded, angry and who aren’t able to fully participate in society.
Why is this happening? Why are our prosecuting officers not pursuing all of the remedies that they would pursue if this were some creepy guy with a van?